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Yahoo! Acquires Summly as Gooogle Reader Nears Its End

Yahoo! Acquires Summly as Gooogle Reader Nears Its End

In today’s mobile and social news roundup: Yahoo! acquires Summly; T-Mobile reveals new flexible pricing plans; Apple acquires Wifislam; Facebook Messenger to get voice features in the UK; Galaxy SIV mini sighting; NOOK to have in-app purchasing soon; Shutterfly sues Kodak for photo app; New Apple patent protects iPhone from drops; and Evernote 5 now available for Android devices. Yahoo! acquires Summly Yahoo! is beefing up its refreshed mobile efforts as it announced the acquisition of Summly, a mobile service that delivers news fast, easily and beautifully by providing users with concise summaries of online content. Summly was created by Nick D’Aloisio when... more »
Windows Blue Update Leaked: More Tile Sizes, More Multi-Tasking & More

Windows Blue Update Leaked: More Tile Sizes, More Multi-Tasking & More

Yet more tidbits have emerged over the kinds of changes we can expect to see with Windows Blue, a planned update to Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system that is set to be rolled out sometime later this year. The Windows 9 Beta blog was the first to report that a leaked version of Windows Blue somehow found its way onto several file-sharing sites. The file, which appears to be genuine following checks on the setup.exe within the download, shows off a number of new features that will, with any luck, improve the overall user experience and win over some of those... more »
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Top 3 Smart Devices to Watch Out for in 2013

How many connected devices do you have?  According to a report released by market research firm NPD Group, there are now more than 500 million connected devices found in US homes. Of that number, smartphones and tablets are in the lead, which means that as more people become interested in purchasing the latest smartphone or tablet, the more connected devices we'll find in the nation's households.  The report stated that the number of US homes with Internet-connected devices has gone up from an average of 5.3 connected devices three months ago to 5.7 connected devices per household at present. Cisco backs this... more »
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Big Data Review : Massive Funding, Launches + New Gigs

The past week brought big news for Big Data, with two firms securing multi-million dollar funding rounds, and Google rolling out new features to BigQuery. In addition, 10gen enhanced its flagship NoSQL database and Sqrrl hired a new CEO to help accelerate its growth. MapR, a leading Hadoop distributor, received $30 million in series C financing from Mayfield Fund, Lightspeed Venture Partners, NEA and Redpoint Ventures. A couple days later Concurrent raised $4 million from True Ventures and Rembrandt Venture Partners in its first round of funding. Concurrent is the company behind Cascading, a Java framework that helps enterprise developers embed intelligence... more »
HOW TO: Drive Down the Actual Cost of Oracle with Flash Storage

HOW TO: Drive Down the Actual Cost of Oracle with Flash Storage

Following rather dismal earnings for Oracle's third-quarter, the question of its sales tactics versus the cost of its actual product portfolio have come into question.  Oracle's facing disruption from new advances in software-led infrastructure, and it's starting to show.  Yet the cost of Oracle database licenses accounts for a sizable percentage of storage TOC, Wikibon co-founder and CTO David Floyer told SiliconAngle’s Kristin Feledy during a NewsDesk segment last week (full video below). He provided a rundown of the numbers and detailed how CIOs can drive down overhead costs by buying into modern technologies. Floyer says that from a cost per terabyte... more »
Google Fiber Not Committing to Broadband Market Yet, Slowly Pushing Industry Disruption

Google Fiber Not Committing to Broadband Market Yet, Slowly Pushing Industry Disruption

One of Google’s most buzzed-about side project is Google Fiber, the one-gigabyte internet package that the search giant rolled out in Kansas City North and Kansas City South. SiliconAngle contributing editor John Casaretto discussed the service and its importance for web users across the nation in a recent NewsDesk segment (full video below). Casaretto starts by explaining the reason residents of Kansas City are the first to receive access to the service. He says that the municipality has a business-friendly atmosphere and that more importantly, it had a lot of the necessary infrastructure in place before the roll out. This boon made... more »
Quick Guide to GDC 2013 : Word Hard, Play Harder

Quick Guide to GDC 2013 : Word Hard, Play Harder

Twenty-five years strong, the Game Developers Conference is back.  Though GDC’s 25th edition was commemorated in 2011, the conference has been held yearly since 1988.  The conference was usually held once a year, but since 2009 other countries like China have been hosting events of their own. GDC is taking place at the North, South, & West Halls of the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, CA on March 25-29, 2013.  Game developers, Business Development Professionals and Venture Capitalists, Studio Managers & Heads of Studios, Executive Producers, Vendor Companies and Sponsors, Career Seekers & Recruiters, or just about anyone are encouraged... more »
BlackBerry Z10 Hits US Streets

BlackBerry Z10 Hits US Streets

The BlackBerry Z10 has finally arrived. The much anticipated, long-delayed smartphone from the former RIM, now BlackBerry became available in the US today from AT&T. The product has been available for a number of weeks in Britain, and had some success there. The US market however is considered the most critical high-end smartphone market and its success here is of the utmost importance to the fortunes of the struggling company. The US is coincidentally where BlackBerry stands the greatest challenge, having lost the most market share in its precipitous decline down to low single-digit market share percentage. While there are fans... more »
Apple Security Hole Exposes Users - Apple Adds Two Step Verification or Two Factor Authentication

Apple Security Hole Exposes Users - Apple Adds Two Step Verification or Two Factor Authentication

A new security vulnerability affects Apple users that allows anyone who has your email address and date of birth (DOB) to reset your password. While Apple was adding two-factor authentication, it saw a vulnerability that opens a huge security hole if you don't upgrade.  In an apparent good deed gone sideways Apple opened up a security hole while trying to add two step verification or as industry experts call it two-factor authentication.   This new security vulnerability affects Apple users that allows anyone who has your email address and date of birth (DOB) to reset your password. According to theVerge report Apple's password reset tool is currently unavailable "due to maintenance," a... more »
Google Giving You Your Daily Dose of Fiber - Breaking Analysis

Google Giving You Your Daily Dose of Fiber - Breaking Analysis

If there's one thing I learned from watching Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, it's that Americans aren't getting enough fiber. That is to say, fiber optics. You see, I am in the minority when it comes to American citizens.  My house has fiber optics, so when I want to watch my favorite episodes of Dirty Jobs, all I have to do is pull up my browser and I have access to the whole library in high-definition.  Thanks to the high-speed fiber optics connection coming to my house, I am able to cut the cable cord, and boy is it nice.  But again, for... more »

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